Working away or travelling?

If I am working or travelling away from home, where am I eligible to vote?

Per section 43 of the Election Act, an elector must vote using the address of their ordinary residence.

An elector can only have one place of ordinary residence. We define this as “the place where a person lives and sleeps; and, to which, when the person is absent from it, the person intends to return”.


Residency Examples:

A person from Edmonton, working in Fort McMurray, must vote using their Edmonton address. You would contact the returning officer who is managing your Edmonton area.

A retiree who resides in Nanton, who has been snowbirding in Arizona for the last six months, but intends to return to Canada, must vote using their Nanton address. You would contact the returning officer who is managing Nanton.


How can I vote if I plan to be away on Election Day?

If you plan to be away on Election Day, you have two options:

  • Option 1: You may vote at an advance poll.
    Advance polls take place the week before Election Day. They are open from 9 am to 8 pm each day, on the Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
    If you are able to make an advance poll, we recommend this option.
  • If you are unable to vote at the advance polls or on Election Day because you are:

    • physically incapacitated,
    • away from your electoral division,
    • serving as an inmate,
    • an election officer, candidate, official agent or scrutineer, or
    • living in a remote area, as defined in the Election Act

    You may apply for a Special Ballot:

      • in writing,
      • by telephone,
      • by fax or by email,
      • in person, or
      • online.

    Note: you must complete and return your ballot before 8 pm on Election Day. Ballots received after this time will not count as valid. (We reject all late ballots.)

Consider both of these options well in advance of Election Day, if you believe you will need to use one.  Because special ballots come by mail, we need enough time to have the ballot reach you. Any electors who have not made arrangements in time may find themselves unable to vote.